By Ignacio R. Bunye
I was most pleasantly surprised last Friday when I walked into the Trade Expo initiated by the Trade and Vocational Education Department of the Muntinlupa Business High School (MBHS). Held in cooperation with Waltermart Mall, Sucat, Muntinlupa City, the one-day activity was held to showcase the best skills, talents and interests of the students. As the promotional banner correctly explained: “My skills, talents and interests matter.”
Muntinlupa Business High School was formerly the Pedro E. Diaz High School Annex or PEDHS Annex, which is located in Barangay Buli at the former site of the Buli Elementary School. The school became operational on June 7, 1999, with Mrs. Dominga Carolina F. Chavez as the first Officer-in-Charge. In March 2, 2004, the Department of Education approved its separation from PEDHS and also its change of name.
In 2006, the school was classified and included in Club 140 of the Strengthened Technical Vocational Education Program (STVEP), with entrepreneurial courses as add-on subjects. As explained by the current school head, Mrs. Vilma S. Viloria, “this unique curriculum focuses on a comprehensive basic education, technical-vocation and entrepreneurial competencies. Learners are taught not only to develop and improve their skills but also how to use these skills in entrepreneurship.”
The Trade Expo featured 15 booths which showcased the students’ diverse products and services such as beauty care services, computer systems servicing, cookery, dressmaking, electrical installation and maintenance, shielded metal arc welding and technical drafting. There was an actual demo on perfume making. Three outstanding alumni – Sanica Jenine Q. Mayor, an accountant; Carol E. Fabregas, an entrepreneur; and John Dave Paguio, a fashion designer now based in Germany, gave testimonials.
I first met Principal Vilma a few weeks ago when we both guested at an art exhibit participated in by students at The Birthright School in Tunasan, Muntinlupa City. Birthright is a private non- profit school, managed by Executive Director Miriam del Rosario and her pastor husband Jun del Rosario. It is the first and only school in Muntinlupa dedicated to serve mentally challenged children. The exhibit, accommodated by the SM Mall Tunasan, was called “Hope in Colors 2”. It was meant to feature the acrylic paintings of special children who underwent art therapy from September to December, 2022. As Birthright Executive Director Miriam explained: “The art exhibit is our way of encouraging children with disabilities who have artistic talents and atthe same time raise funds to further their art education.”
Now back to Principal Vilma. I first knew her as the mother of Rovi Viloria, former public information officer of the Muntinlupa City government. Rovi had been most helpful in providing me accurate and up-to-date information on city affairs about which I write from time to time. When I learned later that she was also the principal of the Muntinlupa Business High School, l thought she and her faculty might be interested to get hold of copies of my book “Central Banking for Every Juan and Maria.” The book is a primer, written for the lay man, on the mandate and operations of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and also touches on the BSP’s advocacies of financial literacy, financial inclusion, consumer education and protection. She said ‘yes’ and the turnover of the books fortuitously coincided with MBHS’s Trade Expo.
Ayala supports Obiena’s Olympic bid
World No. 3 pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena will now use the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite, as his official training ground in the Philippines in preparation for the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Last month, Obiena was given a two-year sponsorship by Ayala Land, represented at the contract signing by Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and President/CEO Bernard Vincent Dy. Also in support of his training , Obiena may use The CityFlats as his home in Metro Manila.
Under the Ayala Center for Excellence in Sports Program and in partnership with ALI, the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub is the first sports facility in the country to combine a FINA-standard Olympic-size swimming pool, an IAAAF- standard 400 m track oval, and a complete indoor training facility equipped with a sports science laboratory.
The Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub is also the official training ground of Jasmine Alkhadi (swimming), Andrea Robles (archery), Prince Alejo (karate), Pia and Abby Bidaure (archery), Xiandi Chua (swimming), Nat Perez (fencing) and Noel Jose (fencing).